|Marttiini Explorer: It said so on the blade|
|The sheath, especial the closing flap is a little chewed up|
Janne Marttiini was born on May 2nd, 1893 in the small village of Kierinki. It is a harsh environment of short summers and long, cold winters on mountain ranges older than life. In 1928 Janne founded J. Marttiini’s Knife Factory Ltd. on Vartiokatu Street in Rovaniemi. With the knife user in mind, he began to create beautiful, high quality knives to exceed the harshest conditions imaginable.
He sold his knives throughout the region and their sales created prosperity and opportunity. As demand for his knives grew Janne hired more and more people and the number of employees grew steadily. There was worldwide demand for high quality knives, and Marttiini exports grew driven by their quality.
Janne’s son, Toivo Marttiini, led the company in the 60s. Toivo’s younger brother, Lauri Marttiini, took the reins of leadership in 1975. In 2001 Mrs. Päivi Ohvo, was appointed to the office of CEO. In 2005, Marttiini’s family sold the entire capital stock of Marttiini Ltd. to Rapala VMC Corporation. And throughout that time quality knives rolled off the production lines and most of us are unaware of it.
So what knife did I have? The blade is vibro etched by hand with INOX - Explorer Knife - Made by Marttiini – Finland. I could find images, but not much more. Fortunately the internet came to my rescue.
|I like the pressed designs in the leather. The sheath has a pressed composited slipped down in the blade area to keep the edge from cutting through and biting you.|
I had previously purchased a sharpening gauge to determine the sharpening angle of blades and put it to work.
|And it opens beer bottles too!!|
|You can see the Explorer on newspaper next to my secret weapon, the black magic marker|
|Yes, the polished sheath does still show the patina of wear and use. I don't know, I find it strangely honest and what I want in any knife is honesty.|
|I've gotten some very nice reports from users in the field for ease of handling and sharpness combined with edge retention.|